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Archaeologists use the exponential, radioactive carobn of carbon 14 to estimate the death dates of organic material.

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The best-known technique is called ‘radiocarbon dating’ or just 'carbon dating'.

Carbon dating can only be used to find the age of things that were once alive, like wood, leather, paper and bones.

We need to make sure that we’re only measuring the beta radiation from the carbon-14.

Even though carbon-14 causes around half of the internal radioactivity of living things, it’s only around 0.25 Bq per gram.

Carbon-14 is produced all the time but it also decays all the time back into nitrogen-14.

An equilibrium is reached whereby about one in a trillion carbon atoms in the atmosphere is carbon-14.A common way to isolate the carbon is to carefully burn a piece of the wood and use the carbon dioxide given off.The carbon dioxide is separated out from the other gases.If you have a wooden box, carbon dating can tell you when the tree to make it was cut down but not when the box was made. Carbon dioxide is made into simple sugars and it is these that are the building blocks that make up wood, bark and leaves.Carbon dating can be used to date things up to about 60 000 years old. Many people think that plants grow by taking food from the soil through their roots but this is not true. Animals eat plants (or other animals that eat plants) so animals are also mostly rearranged carbon dioxide.It's just that when it's living the carbon-14 is constantly replaced so the overall radioactivity stays constant. We don’t just stick a Geiger counter in front of it and hope for the best.

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